Ahhhh… fresh air! There’s nothing like it. If you live in the country you might take it for granted. If you live in the city you might not even notice the lack of fresh air anymore. We tend to adapt to our environment. However, pure living conditions are something that all of us need, no matter where we live.
Perhaps you’ve seen images on TV or visited lands where the daily use of a mask is a commonplace. This usually happens in large, overcrowded cities. The masks are often necessary due to high levels of pollutants in the air. While the air where you live might not be that polluted, the toxins in your environment may be affecting you more than you think.
Am I Toxic?
Our bodies are designed to eliminate a moderate amount of toxins. However, if toxins are allowed to build up, certain symptoms might appear. These might include:
- sleeping issues
- digestive problems
- weight gain
- respiratory issues
- low libido
- skin problems
- joint issues
If you suffer from some of these issues, it’s time to examine how to improve the toxic load in your environment. While you cannot control the pollution coming from factories, car exhaust fumes, or other external factors, you can clear toxins from your home and perhaps workplace.
7 Ways to Remove Toxins From Your Environment
There is much you can do to prevent an overload of toxins in your environment.
1. Buy natural. Packaged foods contain harmful ingredients such as MSG, sodium nitrate, sodium benzoate, sodium sulfite, artificial sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, food colorings, and many others. Avoiding foods with these additives will enable your body to better eliminate other pollutants over which you have no control.
2. Use natural cleaning agents. Once you try natural cleaning products you will likely never want to go back to using harsh chemicals. Natural cleaners include olive oil, essential oils, vinegar, salt, lemon, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda.
For an all-purpose cleaner, mix one part vinegar to one part water. Add several drops of lavender oil, and a small amount of borax (just enough to add a slight abrasion to the mixture, but not enough to make a paste). Add the mixture to a spray bottle and you will have a cleaner that smells wonderful and will not harm your body.
Other suggestions include: lemon for hard water stains on fixtures, vinegar for glass cleaner, olive oil and lavender oil for wood floors, and baking soda and essential oils for toilet bowl cleaner.
3. Choose glass. Many plastic containers and plastic wrap contain BPA, a cancer-causing chemical. Especially when heated (such as in the microwave) these chemicals can leach into your food. Always choose glass containers, and if necessary, cover with a paper towel when heating.
4. Get rid of lead-based candles. In the U.S., candles and room fresheners are prohibited from containing lead, but it can still be found in products made in other countries. Make sure your candle states that it is lead-free. Better yet, use candles that are made from soy, beeswax, vegetables oils, and use cotton wicks.
5. Avoid synthetic oils. Unless labeled specifically, scented products are not made using essential oils. Dryer sheets, room sprays, perfumes, deodorants, car fresheners, laundry detergents, shampoos, and soaps are all products that potentially contain synthetic oils.
Instead, choose products that use essential oils such as lavender, orange, and bergamot. These oils smell great, and have healing properties as well.
6. Don’t use fertilizers and pesticides. If you have a green thumb (or even if you don’t) it might be tempting to use pesticides to protect your precious greenery. However, many fertilizers and pesticides cause damaging effects to the nervous system. Opt for natural ways to help out your plants. For instance, vodka is an eco-friendly bug repellent. Mix vodka with a little water and spray your plants with the blend.
7. Avoid general exposure to harmful toxins. This includes heavy metals in dentistry, tattoos, and cigarettes. In addition, make sure your home is free from mold due to water exposure. You may also find it necessary to install a water filtration device in your home. Tap water often contains unhealthy levels of iron, manganese (especially in the northeast), and copper, just to name a few.
You may have already known some of the ways we discussed to remove toxins from your environment. However, some of these ideas may be new to you.
Could you benefit from some more personalized training in removing toxins and improving your health? Contact us today for your free consultation. We’ll examine your health goals together and see where we can help you make improvements. To your health!